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KINGS MOUNTAIN, N.C. -- A Kings Mountain single mother made the national spotlight, sitting next to First Lady Michelle Obama during President Obama s State of the Union address Tuesday night.

President Obama singled Siemens employee Jackie Bray out as an example of how two million people can get back to work by re-training at local community colleges and getting hired in high demand manufacturing jobs.

Jackie Bray is a single mom from North Carolina who was laid off from her job as a mechanic. Then Siemens opened a gas turbine factory in Charlotte, President Obama said.

My whole body was trembling, Bray said about her State of the Union experience.

After expanding in 2010, Siemens needed employees skilled in machinery and the computers which run them but couldn't always find workers, even with the area's high unemployment rate.

Siemens teamed with Central Piedmont Community College and designed skills courses targeting their employment needs. Siemens paid her tuition and hired her.

We're proud to be an example of manufacturing in the United States success in making jobs and working with our own community college and university system to train our folks to be able to take these jobs, said Mark Pringle, Vice President of Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub.

President Obama says that model can put two million people back to work.

I'm just a girl who had a really big dream to work for the most amazing company on the planet and I'm living that dream every day and I can't explain how much it means to me, Bray said.

Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner toured Siemens Wednesday and met Bray and listened to how the company is trying to meet labor needs when the supply is low and the need high.

A lot of how we grow as a country in the future depends upon our ability to do more things like this, Secretary Geithner said.

Siemens says some jobs start around $16 an hour, but the average salary is $23 an hour, and there's very little turnover.

Siemens has hired 700 new employees since announcing its expansion in Charlotte back in 2010.

The energy company plans to hire 350 more workers over the next couple of years.

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